The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature Volume 57-58

The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature Volume 57-58

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1783 edition. Excerpt: ...people; and to behold the exertions of industry gradually resq cuing an immense continent from primeval wildness and-folitude, is a prospect which cannot but afford pleasure to those who would study human nature by observing the progress of society. ' The author of the present work very justly remarks, that all the accounts yet published of America have been confined to the greater objects; and that not a single writer has de.scended to the minutiae, which compose as well the true perfpective, as the real grand intercourse of life. It is professedly with the view of supplying this defect, that he has engaged in the narrative now under our examination: nor can we avoid considering him as well qualified for such an undertaking, both from his long residence in America, and the capacity which he discovers of making pertinent observations on the subject. We shall therefore proceed to lay before our readers a general account of this Tour; and we enter on the talk with greater pleasure, that, while the traveller presents us with much information, intermixcd with entertaining anecdotes, he appear; to be, in a great measure, divcsted of political prejudices. The picture which he draws is certainly calculated to convey a knowlege of the country-and people of America, without any apparent intention to excite, in his British readers, either animofity on one hand, or the spirit of emigration on the other.. In what year Mr. Smyth, who appears to be a native of Great Britain, sailed for America, we are not informed; but on the fourth of August, he came within the Capes of Virginia, and anchored, the same evening, in Hampton-Road. The night being calm, the voyagers were much annoyed by musketoes, which prove extremely troublesome not only by their bite, more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236746384
  • 9781236746382